November 2, 2012

Monterey: Introduction to Monterey Adobes + Lara-Soto Adobe; things to do

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Introduction to Monterey Adobes

Monterey is home to the most adobes west of Santa Fe.  The largest adobe concentration is in the historic downtown area and near Fisherman’s Wharf.  Monterey State Historic Park protects a large collection.  A few others are owned by private organizations and individuals, and some have been adapted to business use. 

Luckily for us, today we can shop, dine, sight-see, sleep, and more in historic adobes.  For a while, I will be posting descriptions some of the many adobes I discovered on a recent research trip.  Let's start with:

Lara-Soto Adobe  460 Pierce St.. 

Built in the 1830s, this property was one of the few lots granted directly to a woman.  It was once owned by John Steinbeck, who began writing “The Pearl” here.  Legend has it that the magnificent Monterey cypress in the front yard was planted as a seedling over the grave of an occupants' infant first child.  The building is currently the admissions office for the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

More Monterey adobes.

All-adobe tour of Monterey.

More things to do in Monterey.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.  

image ©2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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